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  • Health council offers Narcan training

    Quay County Sun|Updated Dec 5, 2023

    TUCUMCARI — The Quay County Health Council again is offering training with Narcan, a medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The council will offer the free training at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Tucumcari Main Street office of the Tucumcari Railroad Museum. Training will last about an hour and show how to identify an opioid overdose, the laws that protect citizens trying to save a life, how to use Narcan and follow-up care of an overdose victim. Free Narcan kits will be provided to each participant, a $...

  • City to get $2M for Little League fields

    Quay County Sun|Updated Dec 5, 2023

    TUCUMCARI — The city of Tucumcari will receive $2 million from a state recreation fund that the city manager said will be used to improve its Little League fields and the Tucumcari Recreation Center. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office last month announced $40 million in grants from the Regional Recreation Centers and Quality of Life Grants fund. “Yes!” Tucumcari City Manager Paula Chacon said of news of the city’s grant award. “That’s great news.” Chacon said the money would be used to improve the city’s Little League fie...

  • Jail lawsuit alleges 'unsanitary' conditions

    Quay County Sun|Updated Jun 21, 2022

    TUCUMCARI — An Arizona man jailed for a crime he didn’t commit has alleged “grossly unsanitary conditions” and lack of precautions taken during the COVID-19 pandemic at the Quay County jail. Court records show Michael Lowe, 46, of Flagstaff, Ariz., filed a lawsuit against American Airlines in Tarrant County, Texas, through his Dallas-area lawyer, Scott Palmer. According to a copy of the lawsuit provided by Palmer, Lowe was flying on American Airlines on May 12, 2020, from Flagstaff to Reno, Nev., with a stop in Dallas....

  • Man arrested after rescue

    Quay County Sun|Updated Mar 29, 2022

    A Tucumcari man rescued from a steep ledge on Tucumcari Mountain after becoming stranded there for hours recently had been denied access by one of the mesa’s owners earlier that day. Daniel W. Pennison, 43, was booked into the Quay County Detention Center on March 14 on charges of criminal trespass and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer. Both are misdemeanors. According to a criminal complaint filed in Tucumcari magistrate court, the Quay County Sheriff’s Office was informed on March 14 about a man being stuck on Tu...

  • Mesalands to offer courses revolving around wild horses

    Quay County Sun|Updated Mar 30, 2021

    TUCUMCARI — Mesalands Community College likely will offer classes this fall revolving around the care of several wild horses from Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico. Paul Leonard, farrier science faculty member, and Manny Encinias, animal sciences faculty member, gave an update during the board of trustees meeting March 16 about the college’s efforts in launching a wild horse program so the animals eventually can be adopted out. Fees to adopt the horses currently are $125. Mesalands officials first revealed the...

  • TV show delays shooting

    Quay County Sun|Updated Feb 16, 2021

    TUCUMCARI — Producers of the forthcoming “Bands of Enchantment” music-television series have delayed the start of their Tucumcari shoot by one month so more people can be vaccinated for the coronavirus. Vince T. “Tyson” Chavez, executive producer of the show and president and executive producer at Elkhorn Entertainment, said in a conference call Feb. 5 with show creator and executive producer Ken C. Peterson that filming in Tucumcari would begin March 16 through March 25. A small crew is scheduled to arrive in early Mar...

  • Festivals canceled, delayed

    Quay County Sun|Updated Feb 9, 2021

    TUCUMCARI -- Three Tucumcari festivals usually scheduled during the first half of the year have been canceled or at least delayed because of ongoing COVID-19 health restrictions. The latest was the New Mexico Music Showcase, usually set in the first weekend in June. One of the organizers, Jerry Lopez, said the festival's committee decided Jan. 28 to cancel the event and concentrate its energies on the 2022 festival. The official Facebook page for the Rockin' Route 66 festival, scheduled for late June, stated Jan. 27 the...

  • Quay Covid-19 patient no stranger to battling

    Ron Warnick - Quay County Sun|Updated Apr 14, 2020

    TUCUMCARI — Richard Lewis has survived diabetes, two strokes, several heart surgeries and even being struck by lightning. Family members say he’s showing signs of surviving coronavirus as well. “He has nine lives, I’m sure,” Lewis’ former wife, Jennifer Lewis, said Saturday in an interview during a conference call with Richard’s son, Christopher Lewis, also of Tucumcari. They revealed some of the details behind the man who may be Quay County’s first confirmed coronavirus case. A county confirmation was announced Saturday by t... Full story

  • Tucumcari native killed in Albuquerque

    Quay County Sun|Updated Jan 7, 2020

    A Tucumcari native was Albuquerque’s first homicide victim of 2020, according to the victim’s uncle. Vicente Christopher Romero-Lopez, 23, of the Albuquerque area died about 2 a.m. New Year’s Day in the driveway of a townhouse after he was shot to death. A second man a short time later was dropped off at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque with a gunshot wound but was expected to survive. Albuquerque police are investigating the homicide. Jerry Joe Lopez of Tucumcari said...

  • Tucumcari police letter goes viral

    Quay County Sun|Updated Dec 24, 2019

    TUCUMCARI — A tongue-in-cheek letter from the Tucumcari Police Department urging drug dealers to turn in competitors has gone viral. The letter, dated Dec. 11, was initially printed on the department’s letterhead and later shared on Facebook. It stated: “Attention Drug Dealers!!!!!! I do realize we do not normally see eye to eye, but here at the Tucumcari Police Department, we are always striving to improve community relations. That also includes YOU! “Do you have a competitor who is stealing your clients? Would your pockets...

  • Local man accused in Wyoming shooting

    Quay County Sun|Updated Oct 9, 2018

    TUCUMCARI — A local man is accused of having a role in a shooting at a Wyoming bar and remains jailed on $500,000 cash-only bond. Andreas Broach, 29, of Tucumcari, and D’Marco Jones, 24, of Detroit, were detained Sept. 22 after being accused of shooting a 51-year-old man in the leg with a 9mm handgun earlier that morning at Mingle’s Lounge in Laramie, Wyoming. Broach was charged with felony conspiracy to commit first-degree homicide. Jones was charged with felony attempted first-degree murder and felony destruction of prope...